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Sat, 02 Jan 2016 13:19:33 -0500
Soccer-La Liga summaries

After a troubled end to 2015, the new year has got off to a good start for beleaguered Manchester United and manager Louis van Gaal. Rooney tucked away a brilliant flicked finish mid second half to earn United a 2-1 victory over Swansea in the Premier League on Saturday, ending an eight-match winless run that left Van Gaal in a fragile position at England's biggest club. Anthony Martial, who put United ahead just after halftime, drifted past his marker on the left wing and crossed low for Rooney to produce a deft finish with his left heel from the edge of the six-yard bo


Sat, 02 Jan 2016 12:58:56 -0500
Barcelona held to 0-0 at Espanyol in Catalan derby

Leicester missed a penalty and was held to 0-0 at home by 10-man Bournemouth in the English Premier League on Saturday. Defender Simon Francis was sent off for Bournemouth after 57 minutes for taking down Jamie Vardy in the penalty area. Riyad Mahrez took the resulting spot kick but Bournemouth goalkeeper Artur Boruc leapt to his left and got two hands to the ball to keep it ou


Sat, 02 Jan 2016 12:53:56 -0500
Arsenal beats Newcastle 1-0 to go 2 points clear in EPL

Barcelona drew for a third time in four rounds of the Spanish league after being held to 0-0 at crosstown rival Espanyol on Saturday. Espanyol's defense limited Barcelona to Lionel Messi's free kick that hit the goal frame in the first half, and Luis Suarez's shot which went off the post 10 minutes into the second half. Espanyol succeeded where 30 consecutive league rivals had failed to hold Barcelona scoreles


Sat, 02 Jan 2016 12:45:16 -0500
Barcelona held to 0-0 at Espanyol in Catalan derby

SUNDERLAND, England (AP) -- Sunderland ended a five-match losing streak in the English Premier League in beating last-place Aston Villa 3-1 on Saturda


Sat, 02 Jan 2016 12:40:25 -0500
Soccer-Leaders Barca held in derby stalemate by Espanyol

Jonny Evans scored in injury time for West Bromwich Albion to beat Stoke 2-1 and win a second straight match in the English Premier League on Saturday. West Brom had gone five weeks without success, but two straight home wins have lifted it to 12th in the standings and a comfortable nine points above the relegation zone. Stoke, seeking a third straight win, was celebrating an unexpected equalizer with nine minutes to go when Jonathan Walters headed in Joselu's cros


Sat, 02 Jan 2016 12:22:24 -0500
United finally wins, Arsenal goes clear atop Premier League

NORWICH, England (AP) -- Alex Tettey scored a 76th-minute winner as Norwich beat 10-man Southampton 1-0 to pull further clear of relegation trouble in the English Premier League on Saturda


Sat, 02 Jan 2016 12:08:43 -0500
Leicester held 0-0 by 10-man Bournemouth

Wayne Rooney scored the winner with a deft flick as Manchester United beat Swansea 2-1 in the Premier League to end its eight-game winless run and earn manager Louis van Gaal some respite on Saturday. Anthony Martial, who had put United ahead in the 47th minute, crossed low and Rooney glanced in a finish with his heel to become the club's outright second-highest scorer with 238 goals. The 77th-minute strike was Rooney's first United goal in two month


Sat, 02 Jan 2016 12:00:54 -0500
Soccer-French Cup last 64 results

LONDON (AP) -- Arsenal extended its lead of the English Premier League to two points by overcoming Newcastle 1-0 at Emirates Stadium on Saturda


Sat, 02 Jan 2016 09:54:39 -0500
Soccer-Greek championship results and standings

LONDON (AP) -- West Ham striker Andy Carroll scored against his former club as the Hammers defeated Liverpool 2-0 Saturday in its first league double over the Merseysiders since the 1963-64 seaso


Fri, 01 Jan 2016 06:19:09 -0500
Soccer-Atletico sign Celta midfielder Fernandez

Rafa Benitez held on to his job last year but faces another tough test of his coaching credentials on Sunday when Real Madrid visits Valencia for its first Spanish league game of 2016. Benitez has been the focus of criticism from disgruntled fans for Madrid's unpredictable campaign, which has included a lopsided loss to fierce rival Barcelona and its embarrassing disqualification from the Copa del Rey for fielding an ineligible player. Madrid travels to Mestalla Stadium after two easy victories at its own Santiago Bernabeu home that failed to win over its most skeptical supporters, some of whom jeered Benite


Thu, 31 Dec 2015 03:18:23 -0500
Aston Villa-Sunderland Preview

The January transfer window opens for business on Friday, and rarely has so much been at stake for teams in the lucrative English Premier League. Lagging behind in the race for Champions League qualification, Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool could be the most active of the country's major powers as they look for a strong finish to arguably the most unpredictable season in the Premier League's 24-year history. Then there's the scramble to avoid the costliest-ever relegation from England's top divisio


Wed, 30 Dec 2015 19:01:26 -0500
Horse racing-McCoy to become Sir AP in New Year honours

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's twenty-times champion jump jockey AP McCoy was knighted by the Queen in the New Year Honours List on Wednesday. The 41-year-old Northern Irishman retired this year after riding a record 4,357 winners, including two Cheltenham Gold Cups, three Champion Hurdles and the 2010 Grand National. Former footballers Denis Law and Francis Lee were awarded CBEs along with former Formula One and motorcycling world champion John Surtees. Twice Tour de France winner Chris Froome and five-times world snooker champion Ronnie O'Sullivan were awarded OBEs. (Reporting by Ed Osmon


Wed, 30 Dec 2015 16:50:26 -0500
Soccer-Benteke lifts Liverpool as Sunderland slump continues

Christian Benteke scored a winning goal for the second straight game as Liverpool beat Sunderland 1-0 in the English Premier League to stay in the hunt for Champions League qualification on Wednesday. The striker pounced on a flicked pass from Adam Lallana to place a low finish into the bottom corner, just 22 seconds into the second half. Benteke earned Liverpool a 1-0 victory over Leicester on Saturday, to


Wed, 30 Dec 2015 15:03:29 -0500
Soccer-Former USOC director to head Everton youth academy

By Mica Rosenberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - A little-known criminal case in Uruguay is hindering U.S. efforts to prosecute a top official charged in the wide-reaching investigation into corruption at world soccer body FIFA. In an unexpected turn of events, Swiss authorities on Christmas Eve extradited a former FIFA vice president Eugenio Figueredo, arrested in Zurich in May at the request of U.S. prosecutors, to his native Uruguay instead of to the United State


Wed, 30 Dec 2015 12:01:16 -0500
Soccer-Unbeaten run has bought Swansea time, says Curtis

Cristiano Ronaldo missed one penalty before converting a second spot kick and adding another goal to help Real Madrid beat an injury-ravaged Real Sociedad 3-1 and take some pressure off their beleaguered coach on Wednesday. Ronaldo scored in each half to put the hosts ahead, while Sociedad substitute Bruma equalized shortly after halftime. Rafa Benitez was jeered by a segment of the Santiago Bernabeu crowd for Madrid's erratic form this season when the coach's name was announced before the match, but the victory gave Madrid a provisional one-point lead of the Spanish league before Barcelona's and Atletico Madrid's late matche


Wed, 30 Dec 2015 10:36:16 -0500
Reform more needed than ever, says IOC - Bach

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says the club will be ''busy'' during the January transfer window in an effort to bolster a squad bidding for the Premier League title. Wenger signed only one player before the season - goalkeeper Petr Cech - to leave Arsenal as the only team in the Premier League to not recruit an outfield playe


Wed, 30 Dec 2015 10:15:05 -0500
Soccer-Presidential candidate Salman wants to divide FIFA in two

By Simon Evans MIAMI (Reuters) - The frontrunner in the FIFA presidential election, Asian football chief Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, says he wants to divide the organization into two separate entities as part of a 'turnaround' plan for the crisis-hit organization. Salman, who is president of the Asian Football Confederation, said in a statement on Wednesday that FIFA's governance and business functions would be separated if he took over the helm following the Feb. 26 elections. "Only by strictly separating the generation of funds and supervising the flow of all monies spent can we guarantee the rebirth of a new FIFA that is accountable and is a good corporate citizen that deserves everybody’s respect", Salman said in the statemen


Wed, 30 Dec 2015 09:29:35 -0500
Soccer-Romania - Targu Mures name fourth coach of season

The Federal Office of Justice said the package of evidence will be used in the criminal investigation against several soccer officials suspected of bribery and other offenses. ''It relates to bank accounts allegedly used for bribes connected with the grant of marketing rights to soccer tournaments in Latin America and the USA,'' the Swiss office said in a statement. The American probe into the ISL scandal, which plunged FIFA into crisis at the time, is believed to be targeting suspended FIFA President Sepp Blatte


Wed, 30 Dec 2015 08:04:46 -0500
Soccer-Wilshere expected back in February, says Wenger

"Consisting of bank documents, the evidence will be used in criminal proceedings against high-ranking FIFA officials," the FOJ said in a statement. The FOJ also said it had frozen around $80 million in assets in 13 bank accounts following a U.S. request for legal assistance. U.S. prosecutors have indicted 27 current or former soccer officials over allegations that they ran bribery schemes connected to the sale of television rights for soccer competition


Tue, 29 Dec 2015 19:37:23 -0500
Soccer-Banned Platini could face further trouble over Dubai event

By Simon Evans MIAMI (Reuters) - Banned UEFA president Michel Platini could face further investigation from FIFA's Ethics Committee after attending an awards ceremony and conference in Dubai despite being barred from "all football activity". Platini, the head of European soccer body UEFA, was handed an eight year ban from the game by FIFA's Ethics Committee on December 21, along with banned FIFA president Sepp Blatter. The ban relates to a payment of two million Swiss francs made by Blatter's FIFA to Platini in 2011, nine years after he finished working as a consultant to Blatte


Tue, 29 Dec 2015 18:19:39 -0500
Soccer-No goal power at King Power for Leicester, Man City

By Simon Evans MIAMI, Dec 29 (Reuters) - U.S. sports television network ESPN has invited the five candidates in FIFA's presidential election to participate in a debate on the future of the crisis-hit governing body for world soccer. "ESPN has invited all five candidates vying for the FIFA presidency to participate in a debate," a network spokesman told Reuters via email on Tuesday. "Our goal is to provide a forum for an open, transparent discussion about the future governance of the sport in advance of the election that will determine who occupies the most powerful position in global soccer." The candidates are Frenchman Jerome Champagne, Jordanian Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, Swiss Gianni Infantino, Tokyo Sexwale of South Africa and Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa of Bahrai


Tue, 29 Dec 2015 18:06:32 -0500
Soccer-ESPN in TV debate invite to FIFA election five

By Simon Evans MIAMI, Dec 29 (Reuters) - U.S. sports television network ESPN has invited the five candidates in FIFA's presidential election to participate in a debate on the future of the crisis-hit governing body for world soccer. "ESPN has invited all five candidates vying for the FIFA presidency to participate in a debate," a network spokesman told Reuters via email on Tuesday. "Our goal is to provide a forum for an open, transparent discussion about the future governance of the sport in advance of the election that will determine who occupies the most powerful position in global soccer." The candidates are Frenchman Jerome Champagne, Jordanian Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, Swiss Gianni Infantino, Tokyo Sexwale of South Africa and Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa of Bahrai


Tue, 29 Dec 2015 16:37:55 -0500
Soccer-Scottish Premiership results and standings

LEICESTER, England (AP) -- Leicester relinquished first place in the English Premier League heading into 2016 after drawing 0-0 with Manchester City in an entertaining stalemate on Tuesda


Tue, 29 Dec 2015 11:22:48 -0500
Soccer-Former Newcastle keeper Srnicek dies aged 47

It seemed Leicester City's reign at the top of the Premier League would come to an end following their Boxing Day defeat, but a mid-table club provided them some cover a few hours later. What now stands between the Foxes and the once-unthinkable feat of entering the new year atop the table a season after wallowing into April at the foot? Just a victory Tuesday over a visiting Manchester City side that's breathing down their necks and hungry for their first set of consecutive league wins since mid-October when Manuel Pellegrini's team were the top flight's more anticipated front-runner


Tue, 29 Dec 2015 06:23:39 -0500
Barcelona fires player for posting offensive tweets

It's taken three seasons for Mesut Ozil to finally come good in English soccer. Ozil is now at the peak of his powers - back to the form he regularly showed at Real Madrid - and could yet be the guiding force behind Arsenal's first league title since 2004. Arsene Wenger certainly di


Tue, 29 Dec 2015 02:03:09 -0500
Blatter gives up on FIFA, says fighting for his honour -Bunte

By Joshua Franklin ZURICH (Reuters) - Banned FIFA president Sepp Blatter feels "abandoned" by the global soccer body and will now focus on clearing his name, the 79-year-old Swiss told German magazine Bunte. FIFA's watchdog last week banned Blatter and UEFA boss Michel Platini for eight years for ethics violations. "I now no longer fight for FIFA," Blatter, who led soccer's governing body for 17 years, said according to a preview of an interview with Bunt


Mon, 28 Dec 2015 15:40:29 -0500
United held 0-0 by Chelsea, Van Gaal defiant about future

England striker Andy Carroll marked his return from injury with a close-range header that gave West Ham a 2-1 win against Southampton in the Premier League on Monday. The Hammers turned the game around at Upton Park after trailing 1-0, with halftime substitutes Carroll and midfielder Manuel Lanzini key to an unlikely victory after a poor first half. West Ham's Carl Jenkinson scored an own goal in the 13th minute after Dusan Tadic latched on to a low cross from Shane Long and the ball went in off the defender's le


Mon, 28 Dec 2015 15:26:57 -0500
Soccer-Improved United draw with Chelsea, Arsenal go top

Arsenal moved to the top of the Premier League with a 2-0 win against Bournemouth on Monday while Louis van Gaal insisted there was ''not any reason'' for him to resign as Manchester United manager despite his team's 0-0 draw with Chelsea extending the winless run to eight matches. Gabriel Paulista and Mesut Ozil led Arsenal to the top - for 24 hours at least - with goals in each half, while goalkeeper Petr Cech set a Premier League clean sheet record with his 170th shutout. The victory was an authoritative response from Arsenal after losing 4-0 to Southampton on Saturda


Mon, 28 Dec 2015 14:58:36 -0500
Soccer-Turkish championship results and standings

Mesut Ozil inspired Arsenal to a 2-0 victory over Bournemouth on Monday as it provisionally moved to the top of the English Premier League. Ozil set up the opener for Gabriel who scored his first Arsenal goal before the German stroked home the second. It was the first league meeting between the teams and victory moves Arsenal a point above leader Leicester, which plays Manchester City on Tuesda


Mon, 28 Dec 2015 14:31:03 -0500
Arsenal goes top after 2-0 win against Bournemouth

Manchester United delivered an improved performance for beleaguered manager Louis van Gaal but couldn't cure its scoring woes in a 0-0 draw against Chelsea that left his team five points off the Champions League positions on Monday. Van Gaal raised the prospect of quitting at the weekend and this stalemate - United's sixth 0-0 since Oct. 25 - leaves his position precarious, with the 20-time English champions now winless in eight games in all competition


Mon, 28 Dec 2015 14:22:54 -0500
Soccer-English premier league summaries

LONDON (AP) -- Arsenal provisionally moved to the top of the English Premier League on Monday after a 2-0 win over Bournemout


Mon, 28 Dec 2015 12:05:45 -0500
Soccer-Spurs win at Watford, Arnautovic sinks Everton in thriller

WATFORD, England (AP) -- Tottenham provisionally moved up to third in the English Premier League after a last-minute goal earned a 2-1 win at Watford on Monda


Mon, 28 Dec 2015 12:04:21 -0500
Crystal Palace draws 0-0 with Swansea in the Premier League

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) -- Marko Arnautovic converted an injury-time penalty to give Stoke a 4-3 victory in a thrilling match at Everton in the Premier League on Monda


Mon, 28 Dec 2015 11:54:46 -0500
Soccer-English premier league top scorers

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) -- Darren Fletcher headed in a late winner as West Bromwich Albion moved further away from the drop zone by beating fellow struggler Newcastle 1-0 in the Premier League on Monda


Mon, 28 Dec 2015 10:38:42 -0500
Soccer-Real Madrid - expulsion from King - Cup confirmed

Spain's top sports court on Monday dismissed Real Madrid's appeal against its exclusion from the Copa del Rey for fielding an ineligible player. Madrid was expelled from the competition for fielding Denis Cheryshev in a first-leg 3-1 win over Cadiz on Dec. 2 in the opening round. Cheryshev was carrying a one-match suspension for yellow cards received last season while on loan at Villarreal, a fact that Madrid seemed unaware of until halftime in the Cadiz matc


Mon, 28 Dec 2015 10:02:30 -0500
Soccer-Greek championship fixtures

Eduardo Li was in clear view on the quiet side street as he was bundled into an unmarked police car, one of seven FIFA officials arrested as Swiss police swooped on the Baur au Lac hotel at the behest of American authorities. Years of investigations into soccer corruption burst into public view on the morning of May 27 as the so-called ''World Cup of fraud'' was exposed and FIFA would be coerced into cleaning up its act. Li, the Costa Rican federation president who was in Zurich expecting to join FIFA's elite executive committee, was a lesser-known target of the U.S. cas


Sun, 27 Dec 2015 19:51:48 -0500
Swansea City-Crystal Palace Preview

Authorities in El Salvador say gunmen shot and killed former national soccer team player Alfredo Alberto Pacheco at a gasoline station in a municipality west of the country's capital. El Salvador's Attorney General's Office and its National Police said unidentified assailants aboard a vehicle approached Pacheco and some of his friends in the city of Santa Ana early Sunday and opened fire. Pacheco was one of the players on El Salvador's national team who was banned for life by the Salvadoran Soccer Federation in 2013 - a punishment ratified by FIFA - for match-fixin


Sun, 27 Dec 2015 14:02:15 -0500
Soccer-Turkish championship results and standings

Alfredo Pacheco, a soccer player who played for the Salvadoran national side before being banned from the sport for life for his involvement in match fixing, was murdered on Sunday, the Salvadoran attorney general's office said. Pacheco, 33, was with a group of friends chatting in a petrol station when an unknown assailant shot at the group various times, authorities said. "The attorney general's office in Santa Ana processed the crime scene of the murder of Alfredo Pacheco at 3.30 am in a petrol station," it sai


Sat, 26 Dec 2015 18:30:53 -0500
Liverpool defeats Leicester 1-0 with Benteke goal

Former head of South America's CONMEBOL soccer body Eugenio Figueredo has admitted he received bribes from television firms in exchange for maintaining media rights, a lawyer involved in the case in Uruguay said on Saturday. CONMEBOL, an influential grouping that includes traditional soccer powers such as Brazil and Argentina, is heavily embroiled in a worldwide soccer corruption probe led by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation. Figueredo arrived back to his native Uruguay on Thursday after being extradited on corruption charges from Switzerland, where he was arrested in May. On Friday, the 83-year-old former vice-president of world soccer federation FIFA was moved to hospital from prison due to chest pai


Sat, 26 Dec 2015 16:37:36 -0500
Soccer-English premier league summaries

SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) -- Title-chasing Arsenal was thrashed 4-0 by a Southampton side that had been on a five-game winless run in the Premier League on Saturda


Sat, 26 Dec 2015 14:28:28 -0500
Soccer-Liverpool reveal cracks in Leicester armoury

NEWCASTLE, England (AP) -- Tom Cleverley scored in the third minute of added time for Everton to nip Newcastle 1-0 in the English Premier League on Saturda


Sat, 26 Dec 2015 13:30:13 -0500
Chelsea draws 2-2 as Oscar misses late penalty

SWANSEA, Wales (AP) -- Swansea climbed out of the relegation zone on Saturday as Ki Sung-yueng's first goal of the season ended its four-month run without a Premier League home wi


Sat, 26 Dec 2015 13:19:40 -0500
Man City beats Sunderland 4-1; Kompany lasts 9 minutes

Harry Kane became Tottenham's highest scorer in a calendar year in the English Premier League when his pair propelled them to 3-0 over Norwich on Saturday. Kane's first-half double, the first from the penalty spot, gave him 27 league goals this year, one more than Teddy Sheringham's record. Substitute Tom Carroll finished off struggling Norwich, and Spurs, in fourth place, was two points ahead of Crystal Palace, and three clear of Manchester Unite


Sat, 26 Dec 2015 13:09:59 -0500
Reuters Sports Schedule at 1800 GMT on Saturday, Dec 26

Manchester City scored three goals in 11 minutes against Sunderland to decide the outcome of the Premier League match in the first half, but substitute Vincent Kompany's return from injury lasted even less time Saturday in the 4-1 victory. Sunderland's Vito Mannone was selected ahead of former City goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon for his first league start of the campaign in a decision which quickly backfired. Raheem Sterling, Yaya Toure and Wilfried Bony all struck in the opening 23 minutes at the Etihad as the hosts recovered from losing at Arsenal on Monda


Sat, 26 Dec 2015 12:53:36 -0500
Soccer-English premier league top scorers

BOURNEMOUTH, England (AP) -- Crystal Palace extended its unbeaten run in the Premier League to five games to move above Manchester United in the standings after drawing 0-0 at Bournemouth on Saturda


Sat, 26 Dec 2015 12:50:43 -0500
Soccer-English premier league top scorers

West Ham was held by last-place Aston Villa to a fifth straight draw in the English Premier League on Saturday. West Ham has failed to win its last eight league matches since Oct. 31, six of them draws, and remains mired in mid-table. Meanwhile, Villa was stuck on the bottom of the table, on eight points, nine from safet


Sat, 26 Dec 2015 12:37:37 -0500
Man City beats Sunderland 4-1; Kompany lasts 9 minutes

A fourth consecutive loss left Louis van Gaal lamenting his Manchester United players' inability to handle the pressure and blaming the windy conditions at Stoke. The 2-0 loss at Stoke on Saturday saw United drop to sixth in the Premier League and left Van Gaal's side winless in seven matches in all competitions - the team's worst run in 26 years. ''I do my utmost best to find solutions to cope with the pressure,'' Van Gaal sai


Sat, 26 Dec 2015 11:59:45 -0500
Soccer-Scottish Premiership results and standings

LONDON (AP) -- Guus Hiddink's first Premier League match back in charge of Chelsea ended in a 2-2 draw against Watford after Oscar missed a penalty in the 80th minute at Stamford Bridge on Saturda


Sat, 26 Dec 2015 09:38:07 -0500
Soccer-English premier league top scorers

STOKE, England (AP) -- Louis van Gaal's future as Manchester United manager seemed even more precarious Saturday after a fourth successive loss was inflicted by Stoke in its 2-0 Premier League victor


Fri, 25 Dec 2015 04:01:26 -0500
Soccer-Belgian championship fixtures

Juergen Klopp wants Liverpool to improve its focus at the beginning of Premier League matches, starting against surprise league leaders Leicester at Anfield on Saturday. In three of Klopp's 15 matches as manager of Liverpool, the team has conceded a goal inside five minutes, including at Watford in the 3-0 defeat last Sunday. Klopp is eager to see a response by his player




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